Just an hour west of cosmopolitan Calgary await Banff and Lake Louise.
These two charming historical areas are surrounded by 6600 square kilometres of Banff National Park’s pristine mountain peaks and trails. With a stunning panoramic view of the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains, this destination offers an authentic and vibrant community, as well as all of the modern amenities anyone might need.
Winter and early spring offer the unmatched variety of four ski destinations, Banff Mount Norquay, Nakiska Mountain Resort, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. Dogsledding, snowshoeing, and hiking are also a must on the list.
After working up an appetite, families will love to indulge in any one of the refreshing mountain bistros in the area before taking a step back in time with a visit to the Sweet Shoppe or The Fudgery.
Spring, summer and fall feature exceptional hiking and biking through the vast network of trails in the majestic Canadian Rockies. There are a multitude of options here for any difficulty level, length, or duration so you are assured to find a trail that works for you and your group.
Explore alpine meadows and turquoise waters all amongst the elk, bighorn sheep, black and grizzly bear, and over 260 species of birds. Canada’s oldest National Park boasts the spectacular historic experience of the Banff Springs Hotel and Golf Course, Cave and Basin Historic Site, Upper Hot Springs Pool and the Sulphur Mountain Gondola.
For anyone looking to try something new, there are plenty of guided outdoor adventures available. Challenge yourself with a little rock or ice climbing, enjoy a float trip down the Bow River or paddle a canoe across iconic Lake Louise. Guided hikes in Banff’s glorious Sunshine Meadows provide easy access to high alpine meadows filled with glorious wildflowers throughout July and August.